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Kraft Mac & Cheese Topping (the Blue Can)

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I finally found the blue can of Kraft cheese powder--at Wal-Mart, of all places!!! Yay, Wal-Mart.

I remember seeing here that it's gluten-free, and that people use it to make mac'n'cheese with gluten-free pasta, but how much of the cheese powder do you use? And how much milk and butter?

I'd much rather make "real," from scratch cheese sauce, but my kids miss the bright orange goo, for some reason. :rolleyes:

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I have seen the can of Kraft cheese powder with the Parmesan Cheese and also with the popcorn products, so it must depend on the store.

Sorry I can't help you with the measurements, but I buy the Kraft Mac and cheese in the boxes and use the cheese sauce and toss the uncooked pasta. It's WAY cheaper than the cheese powder in the can, and it does have that nuclear orange that the kids love. :) My kids love it with the Tinkyada little dreams shaped pasta. Makes my son feel almost normal!

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Sorry I can't help you with the measurements, but I buy the Kraft Mac and cheese in the boxes and use the cheese sauce and toss the uncooked pasta. It's WAY cheaper than the cheese powder in the can, and it does have that nuclear orange that the kids love. :)

I know each box is cheaper than the can, but the box only has a couple of spoonfuls of the powder and only makes one batch. I was assuming that the can could make several batches--but I don't know how much to use and if it's exactly the same as the powder from the box.

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Cruelshoes, I thought about doing the same as you but I was worried about cc. My daughter is asymptomatic so I would have no feed back on if I was glutening her or not.

Fiddle-Faddle, this isn't going to be the kind of answer you are looking for, but I just throw a little butter in with the drained pasta (I never used as much as the original box said to use anyway), added just a little milk, keep adding powder until I get to the right color of yellow/orange and then add a little more milk if I need to thin it down. The amount of butter is probably a little less than what I put on when they are just having pasta with butter and parmesean.

The blue can ends up working just fine for us since we can make just one or two servings for the kids when we are having something really spicy or something with lots of veggies and I don't feel like a fight.

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Oh . . . and I found it the blue can at Wal-Mart with the parmesean cheese. One Wal-Mart was a super Wal-Mart and the other was not. I also have found that not ALL super Wal-Marts carry it.

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Cruelshoes, I thought about doing the same as you but I was worried about cc. My daughter is asymptomatic so I would have no feed back on if I was glutening her or not.

Yes, I was concerned about that as well at first. I bought a box and squeezed the cheese package, and then shook it up and down vigorously. None of the cheese powder puffed out. I do this each time I buy it, and have yet to find one with an imperfect seal. If I did, I would throw it out. For what it's worth, my son and I are EXTREMELY symptomatic when we get glutened, and have not reacted to it. Our antibodies also consistently test negative.

It is a good option of us, since I can routinely find the boxed for $.59. Not sure how many batches the can will make, but it can't be more than 3 or so. How many batches are you getting out of it?

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It is a good option of us, since I can routinely find the boxed for $.59. Not sure how many batches the can will make, but it can't be more than 3 or so. How many batches are you getting out of it?

I haven't made it all the way through a can, yet. Although, I do have two cans open <_< . I am going to guess that I will get 5 or 6 meals out of it but that's because I'm not making as much as I would have if I was making the original blue box. The kids only ate about 1/2 to 2/3 of a box. Their dad would finish it off so it "wouldn't go to waste" ;) . When I bought it at the store, I thought it would be about the equivalent to 2 or 3 cheese powder envelopes from the boxes. And I think I paid about $1.53 or something. It probably ends up being about the same.

I don't know how to do a second quote in the same reply . . . anybody know how to do that? :huh:

Fiddle-Faddle, when I got my first can of cheese-powder, I still had a box of the original stuff in the house and compared the ingrediants of the cheese packet. It had all the same ingrediants but two of them were transposed. I'm assuming slightly different quantities but it was way down the list so - yeah, pretty much the same stuff.

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Hi All,

So, I looked for this stuff at Albertson's today and could not find it. I am about to put in an order on Amazon, they have a case of 12 for $23.88, is this a good buy? Also, since I haven't actually eaten this stuff before, does it really taste like the stuff in the box?

I appreciate any input.

Stephanie

I finally found the blue can of Kraft cheese powder--at Wal-Mart, of all places!!! Yay, Wal-Mart.

I remember seeing here that it's gluten-free, and that people use it to make mac'n'cheese with gluten-free pasta, but how much of the cheese powder do you use? And how much milk and butter?

I'd much rather make "real," from scratch cheese sauce, but my kids miss the bright orange goo, for some reason. :rolleyes:

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I think it tastes like the stuff in the box. And my daughter is extremely happy with it. I know that I paid less than $1.60 for the can. By the time that you add you're shipping, you may be getting up there a bit. Do you have any Wal-Marts nearby that you can check? That's where most people have found them (here and on at least one other thread that I was reading awhile back). If not, then it's a judgement call on how much you're willing to spend.

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Thanks Janet. I will go check Wal-Mart today. I have found that if you spend over $25.00 on Amazon shipping is free. They have a huge gluten free selection and most are a great deal. It does seem that the mac n cheese is not though. Thanks again for your reply.

Stephanie

I think it tastes like the stuff in the box. And my daughter is extremely happy with it. I know that I paid less than $1.60 for the can. By the time that you add you're shipping, you may be getting up there a bit. Do you have any Wal-Marts nearby that you can check? That's where most people have found them (here and on at least one other thread that I was reading awhile back). If not, then it's a judgement call on how much you're willing to spend.

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You can also ask a Mgr. at Wal-Mart to order it for you since other Wal-Mart's have it. Most of the time they are very willing to check and order for you. Also if you know of a Wal-Mart close to your's that carries the item you want they will get that store to ship it over for you. I live 45 min. from the city and our Wal-Mart has called the other stores and gotten me several items that ours did not have.

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I know this is an old post, but in case anyone else does a search and is looking for this product ~

I couldn't find this anywhere on Kraft's website. I ended up calling and they told me it was calle dKraft Marcaroni & Cheese Cheese Topping. The bar code is 2100061505.

She also asked my zip code and then was able to tell me the closest store to have ordered the product in the last month and gave me the store phone number to call to see if it was in stock. She said if we needed a local grocer to order it they would want the bar code.

I can't wait to try this stuff! My son used to love it! Of course with his new eating habits he'll probably think it tastes gross and want the "real" stuff instead!! :P

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